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  • A Giant Tree Has Fallen – Tributes to Ali Mazrui (Pre-order)

    **Available mid February 2019**

    This book memorializing the life and work of Ali Al’amin Mazrui comprises more than 130 tributes written by people ranging from heads of state to journalists.Out of respect for Mazrui’s immediate family members, their tributes are presented first, followed by those from his global family members.

    Included in the book are three chapters that comprise an introductory essay, a brief biography of Mazrui, and an essay on metaphorical-linguistic analysis of the tributes. The book also has a preface by the co-editors and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union. Dr Salim, who served as the Secretary- General of the OAU from 1989 to 2001, was Mazrui’s friend and contemporary. Mazrui once described Salim as ‘Mr. Africa’ and the ‘first real post-colonial Secretary-General of the OAU.’

     

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  • A Video Biography of a Legendary African Scientist & Mathematician and World Citizen: Prof Francis K.A. Allotey (DVD)

    Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey (1932 – 2017) was a Professor of Mathematics, Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development.
     
    He was born in August 1932 at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana and received his early education at the Ghana National College.
     
    He pursued further studies at the University Tutorial College, London Borough Polytechnic and London Imperial College of Science and Technology where he obtained the then coveted Diploma of Imperial College (London) in 1960. In 1962, he was enrolled in a PhD (Mathematics) programme at Princeton University, becoming the first African to study at the Mathematics Department of that university. It was while studying at that university that his world-renowned Allotey Formalism was established. The “Allotey Formalism” is a technique used to determine the matter in outer space. The formula is based on his pioneering groundbreaking research on soft x-ray spectroscopy.
     
    At the national level he held the positions of Pro-Vice Chancellor of UST, Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of the Management Board, Soil Research Institute, Chairman, Ghana Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy, Vice-President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, President, Ghana Institute of Physics among others.
     
    He was also a Consultant to several International Institutions, including United Nations Organization, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Bureau for Information, and United Nations Industrial and Development Organization.
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  • African Traditional Leadership

    In this book, Emeritus Professor Jacob U. Gordon has brought together both historical and current literature in traditional African leadership to focus on critical issues of leadership and governance in Africa. The book sets out to provide students of African leadership and development, educators, politicians, traditional leaders and practitioners with a toolbox for understanding the changing role of traditional rulers/chiefs and its future in African life.

    It examples leadership dynamics of past African leaders such as Abu Bakr II (14th century), Chaka Zulu, Queen Hatshepsut, Hannibal of Carthage, Makeda the Queen of Sheba, King Mansa Musa, Haile Selassie and Yaa Asantewaa.

    It is the author’s hope that this book will help the reader to better understand the complexities of traditional leadership in Africa and key considerations; to appreciate the values of traditional African leadership; and to develop a better appreciation of the importance of good leadership and governance in a global and competitive world that yearns for sustainable peace and security.

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  • Amu the African: A Study in Vision and Courage

    This book is an account of the life and work of Dr. Ephraim Amu, the renowned Ghanaian educationist and reformist — a great creative musician of world rank whose contributions are a cultural heritage for the world. It gives the story of Amu’s life and the contribution he has made to the development of the Church, Education, Morality, the Youth, Agriculture, Nutrition, Ghanaian Cultural Nationalism and, especially, the evolution of Ghanaian music.

    Not since Dr Kwegyir Aggrey has any other Ghanaian influenced more positively the development of Ghanaian culture and pride in the African Personality than Dr Ephraim Amu.

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  • Becoming

    ***Available from 3 December 2018 on Booknook

    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

    Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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  • Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story

    In February 2013 the news of successful model Reeva Steenkamp’s fatal shooting by her boyfriend and global sporting star Oscar Pistorius stunned the world. Over the ensuing months, as Pistorius appeared in court, applied for bail and was eventually put on trial, every detail that emerged was analysed, debated, justified and digested. The world was haunted by the events as they were repeated and discussed at length. Public perception vacillated from version to version and from hour to hour.

    Finally, Judge Masipa found him to be not guilty of premeditated murder – but guilty of culpable homicide.

    Written by Mandy Weiner and Barry Batemen, the go-to journalists on the case for the world’s media, Behind the Door is a compelling narrative that meticulously unpacks the evidence that has been so heavily scrutinised on all sides. But more than that, this book seeks to go beyond the facts of the case in search of the wider context behind this shocking tragedy: the back story of the police investigation, the nature of the South African criminal justice system, the culture of violence in South Africa and the need of society to create flawed heroes who are destined to fail.

    Vivid and gripping, Behind the Door is the most authoritative and insightful account of what really happened behind closed doors that fateful Valentine’s morning.

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  • Big Men, Small Boys and Politics in Ghana: Power, Ideology and the Burden of History, 1982-1994

    During the 1980s, Ghanaian politics went through remarkable transformations – from revolution, through adoption of a draconian economic reform programme, to the eventual return to democratic government in 1992. This study covers the entire sequence of events, situating them in the broader historical context and offering a sustained explanation of what occurred. Since the eighteenth century, a central theme dominating Ghanaian politics and society has been the relationship between wealth and virtue, and Dr Nugent offers a key explanation of the way in which this theme is still predominant today.

    Drawing on research which focuses on different sectors of the body politic – the labour movement, the peasantry, professional associations, the student movement, the churches and the military – this book provides a much-needed synthesis. Dr Nugent gives an in-depth analysis of the 1992 elections, including information based on personal fieldwork and interviews undertaken in the Volta Region. His analysis is situated within the wider context of Africanist historical and political research, while doing justice to the nuances and complexities of Ghanaian political life.

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  • Bless Me Father (Pre-order)

    **Available from mid February 2019**

    Bless Me Father is the true story of an incredible South African life. Born into a violent and broken family, and growing up in a variety of institutions, Cape Town based poet and writer Mario d’Offizi tells his remarkable, often shocking and ultimately inspiring life adventure – one that spans several decades in a country undergoing radical change. From his tough days at Boys Town to wild years in the advertising world, a stint in the restaurant business and a sharp edged journalistic adventure in the DRC, d’Offizi tells his critically acclaimed story with the unfailing sensitivity and warmth of a true poet.

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  • Coming Back from the Brink in Sierra Leone (Hardcover)

    This book tells the remarkable story of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah’s courage and the resilience of the people of Sierra Leone in the face of horrendous atrocities committed during a decade-long conflict. It is also a narrative of survival and recovery, forgiveness, reconciliation and the struggle to rebuild Sierra Leone and uphold its legacy as a beacon of democracy on the African Continent.

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  • Dark Days in Ghana

    The final book by Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, this records his experiences after he was over thrown in a coup d’etat.

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  • Dr J.B. Danquah: A Man of Many Parts

    “In all he did or attempted during his life, Dr. Danquah was imbued with a sense of dedication. The richness of his personality and diversity of his interests and accomplishments as a “great scholar, lawyer, poet, politician and parliamentarian will be cherished by posterity. May his example of courage and fortitude be an inspiration to us the living and our offspring!” — Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria

    Monday, February 4, 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the death of Dr. J.B. Danquah at Nsawam prison in the most inhumane circumstances. On this day, a ‘compilation’ of 120 plus pages will be released to honour him.

    It gives an insight into the very full life of a man who was not only a politician, but also many other things – Student Politician, Lawyer, Author, Newspaper Editor, Legislator, Poet, Friend of the Cocoa Farmer, Chief Letter Writer etc etc.

    And then there are the tributes from people who walked this life with him. Baffour Osei-Akoto, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Pa Willie Ofori-Atta, Joe Appiah and Obafemi Awolowo.

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  • Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    Before Barack Obama became a politician, he was, among other things, a writer. Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging.

    The son of a black African father and a white American mother, President Obama recounts an emotional odyssey, retracing the migration of his mother’s family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

    Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams from My Father is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama’s journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

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